How to become a PTSD expert

1. Work at a plant where an employee shoots someone.

2. Have a spouse who’s not actually in college, but is thinking about getting an advanced degree in psychology.

This is essentially how Gribbit concludes that he is well-informed when it comes to post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. By the measures he uses, I would now be valuable source of information when it comes to Lyme disease and histiocytic sarcoma in dogs. Also, one of my ex-girlfriends is planning to get a BSN before long, so I guess that means I know how to start an IV. (Actually, come to think of it, I’ve done that, but I never will again and you get the point.)

It cracks me up when people get irked when mass murderers start talking about their PTSD or their shitty childhood or whatever it is they choose to blame for their actions. It’s expected. It virtually always happens in shootings of the Fort Hood variety, at least when the shooter lives. Hasan is a fairly high-ranking officer and is lawyered up; who out there thinks that his legal team wouldn’t be deep into the apologetics game by now?

Wingnuts are always indignant over the possibility of people buying into this sort of likely bullshit, perhaps an unconscious side effect of the fact that the minds of wingnuts are themselves a veritable bullshit-plagued stew of credulity. The fact that Nidal Malik Hasan is apparently attributing his actions to PTSD doesn’t mean that people are rushing to believe or forgive him. From a legal standpoint, it may not matter whether Hasan can indeed establish, in the eyes of the court he will face, that he has post-traumatic stress disorder.

Gribbit seems to think he can magically conjure up Hasan’s entire background and conclude on the basis of what he’s read on the Internet, combined with a few pages from his handy DSM-IV, that Hasan does not qualify. He may well not. But it’s asinine for anyone to pretend that he can divine someone’s psychological profile from afar. Hasan is either fucked up in the head (I suppose it’s reasonable to consider that anyone who shoots 29 people is “fucked up in the head” by definition, but I don’t buy that) or a true terrorist functionary or maybe both, I don’t know. What I do know is that he’s not being given a pass on the basis of his own claims. President Obama is apparently alarmed and indignant when it comes to certain areas over oversight pertaining to Hasan’s involvement with Islamic clerics.

Then again, by that standard, I could be mocked, often, several times a week, for pointing out that Gribbit has said something silly. It’s not like there’s no established pattern here.

I don’t materially disagree with Gribbit here, I just laugh at his standards for having a “working knowledge” of something.

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  1. #1 by Norm on November 13, 2009 - 8:07 pm

    Is this Gribbit fellow a Christian? Because in that post he says this about religion:

    “I don’t agree with most of them but they don’t preach death and destruction in the name of God. Only Islam does.”

    Seriously, only Islam, really? I wonder if he has read the Old Testament. How about this from Joshua 6:20-21:

    “When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city. They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it, men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.”

    Not violent enough I guess. Not quite enough death and destruction in the name of God.

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